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Newt: Media Missed Trump's 'Titanic' Foreign Policy Shift

Former speaker says Trump's speech in Saudi Arabia was unlike any before it

(Newser) - The media must have been otherwise occupied when President Trump gave a "historic speech" in Saudi Arabia this week, because they missed what Newt Gingrich writes in the Washington Post was the "real drama of the moment: a titanic shift in US foreign policy occurring right before their... More »

Slow Down on the Tweets After Terror Attacks

Social media gives terrorists the publicity they crave: Emily Dreyfuss for 'Wired'

(Newser) - After the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday, thousands turned to social media to share information and offer their condolences. In doing so, they played right into the terrorists' hands, Emily Dreyfuss writes at Wired . At least one aim of attacks like the one in Manchester, England,... More »

When ISIS Goes After Kids, They're Trying to Bait Us

Terrorists want to instigate a 'holy war,' warns the 'New York Times'

(Newser) - That one of the victims in the Manchester bombing is just 8 years old is no accident: The bomber, whether he was working with ISIS or not, almost certainly knew that children would be at the Ariana Grande concert, writes the New York Times editorial board. It's a calculated... More »

What Killed Roger Ailes, per O'Reilly: 'Hatred'

Former Fox News host pens tribute to his late boss

(Newser) - To ex-Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, the late Roger Ailes was a "force of nature with an agenda," he writes in a tribute to his former boss in USA Today . O'Reilly explains Ailes' ultimate goal—to "infuse America with traditional philosophy and see to it... More »

2 Very Different Views on Trump Special Counsel

'New York Times,' 'Wall Street Journal' offer opposite takes

(Newser) - Robert Mueller is getting bipartisan praise , but President Trump thinks the appointment of a special prosecutor over the Russia-Trump campaign probe is a " witch hunt ." What does the media say? Dueling editorials from the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times offer opposite takes:
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McCain: Tillerson Remarks Kill 'Hope' Across Globe

In human rights op-ed, senator says our values must inform US foreign policy

(Newser) - When John McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, one thing got him and his fellow POWs through the toughest moments: hope, bolstered by the belief that the US government and citizens had not forgotten them. But in a Monday op-ed addressing human rights in the New York Times ... More »

Trump at 100: The Positive Reviews

'Rousing success,' a 'sea change,' and 'pretty close to perfect' are what some are saying

(Newser) - The first 100 days are just about under President Trump's belt, and there's plenty being said online about his performance—and much of that analysis is enthusiastically positive. Some of the standouts in that category: (Or click here to see a roundup of negative reviews .)
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This Is the 'Best' Emoji

Who among us can't relate to the grimace?

(Newser) - "We all feel like gritting our teeth in a straight line sometimes," writes Leah Fessler at Quartz , which is exactly why she has deemed one emoji above all others "the best." The "grimace"—which Emojipedia also lists under the labels of "eek,"... More »

Most Job Interviewers Make a Common Mistake

Free-form questions may do more harm than good, argues professor

(Newser) - Everyone knows the drill: A potential employer brings in candidates and peppers them with questions about their lives. These interviews often go a long way toward determining who gets hired, but the problem is, they're not just a waste of time—they may actually do more harm than good,... More »

LA Times: Trump Relies on 'Creepiest Kind' of Info

Including conspiracy theories, things he sees on TV, rumors from supermarket tabloids

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Times has been hitting hard at President Trump with a multi-part editorial series taking on his dishonesty , his "dangerously authoritarian vision," and his "war on journalism." Thursday introduced the series' scathing fifth installation , this time on Trump's role as the nation's... More »

McChrystal: PBS as Vital as Military for US Safety

Retired Gen. McChrystal taps into his expertise to explain how PBS makes us safer

(Newser) - On the chopping block in President Trump's proposed budget are nearly 20 different agencies, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds the Public Broadcasting Service. In an op-ed for the New York Times , retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal makes the point that the "hard power" of a... More »

Look in the Mirror, Boston: You Actually Are Racist

'Boston Globe' columnist defends 'SNL' star Michael Che's remarks on Beantown

(Newser) - SNL star Michael Che created a hubbub last week when, during an appearance at Boston University, he said he wasn't sorry for calling Boston the "most racist city" he's ever visited. Good for him, writes Renee Graham in the Boston Globe . She thinks he's right—the... More »

Please 'Swipe Right' for My Husband

Dying woman sets up dating profile for spouse in 'NYT' essay

(Newser) - Jason Brian Rosenthal is a wonderful father, can flip a pancake like nobody's business, offers gumballs to unsuspecting recipients, and is the subject of a singles "ad" as it appears in the most recent New York Times "Modern Love" column. The person who's trying to find... More »

Despite Milo Move, Author Won't Let Publisher Off Hook

Feminist author Roxane Gay rails on Simon & Schuster

(Newser) - People are buzzing about Simon & Schuster pulling Milo Yiannopoulos' upcoming book, Dangerous, over past pedophilia comments—but one person not giving him, or the publisher, a pass is Roxane Gay. On her Tumblr , the Bad Feminist author digs into S&S, noting that no, "they did not finally... More »

I'm a 'Deplorable' Trump Voter, and I'm Not Sorry

Feel free to 'rage,' but Jeff Bust doesn't have luxury of waiting for someone he likes

(Newser) - Jeff Bust doesn't like Donald Trump. He thinks the president is "arrogant, careless with what he says, overly competitive, and insensitive." But Bust also voted for Trump and proudly considers himself "deplorable," he writes for the Chicago Tribune . He focuses on the amount of money... More »

Jolie: Trump Is 'Playing With Fire'

Travel ban could fuel extremism, dent American ideals, she writes in op-ed

(Newser) - By "writing off citizens of entire countries—even babies—as unsafe to visit our country by virtue of geography or religion," the US risks abandoning its ideals and fueling extremism abroad, Angelina Jolie writes in an op-ed in the New York Times . While she says it's "... More »

Liberals, Don't Fight Trump's SCOTUS Pick

Neil Gorsuch will bring 'fairness,' 'decency': 'NYT'

(Newser) - Let the Supreme Court justice vetting begin—and may liberals let nominee Neil Gorsuch sail onto the bench. That's Neal Katyal's "give him a chance" opinion for the New York Times , in which he admits he's struggled to find a single thing President Trump "has... More »

Trump Didn't Just Revive 'Gag Rule'; It's Now 'on Steroids'

It will affect $9.5B in US foreign aid, explains Michelle Goldberg, up from $600M

(Newser) - Every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has reinstated the global gag rule or Mexico City policy— which prevents federal money from going to international family planning groups that provide abortions or abortion information—just as every Democrat president has rescinded it. But Donald Trump "massively expanded" it Monday, Michelle... More »

NYT Piece on Dads Bumbling as Wives March Gets Roasted

'Breaking news: Fathers care for their kids!'

(Newser) - In its coverage of the women's marches on Saturday, the New York Times drew attention to the suburban men of Montclair, NJ, who were forced to feed their kids and take them to appointments while their wives were on a mission. "Routines were radically altered" as women were... More »

Journalists' Open Letter to Trump: Bring It On

Ban access? 'It's a challenge we relish'

(Newser) - If Donald Trump wants to limit reporters' access to his administration, well, that's OK with reporters. In an open letter to the president-elect in the Columbia Journalism Review , the collective press corps reminds Trump that while he can set ground rules for dealing with journalists, they've got a... More »

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